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Curfew continues in Assam’s Dima Hasao, 2 persons succumb to injuries

A 48-hour Dima Hasao district bandh was called to protest the police firing during another 12-hour bandh in protest against inclusion of Dima Hasao in Greater Nagalim as per a reported draft.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2018 15:59 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Haflong/Guwahati
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CRPF personnel stand guard in Assam. A 48-hour Dima Hasao district bandh was called by a number of groups to protest police firing at a group of protesters on Thursday.(REUTERS file photo)

An indefinite curfew clamped in Maibang area in Dima Hasao district of Assam continued on Friday even as the two persons injured in Thursday’s violence succumbed to injuries.

The 48-hour Dima Hasao district bandh was called by a number of groups to protest Thursday’s police firing. The groups have also demanded a written statement from the government on the Nagalim issue in the context of the hill district.

The bandh has paralysed normal life in this central Assam district.

“Two persons have died since yesterday. While one person died on the way to hospital in Guwahati, the other succumbed this morning,” a government official told PTI.

Mitunjoy Dibragede (33) died on the way. Probanta Hakmaosa (27) lost his life at the GNRC Hospital on Friday morning, the official said.

A wooden bridge was set ablaze by unknown persons, officials said.

The protesters are also demanding immediate suspension of deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police besides payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the 10 injured in the police firing.

Additional director general of police (law and order) Mukesh Agarwal held a meeting to review the situation in presence of the deputy commissioner, district police officials, members of North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council and various students union.

Meanwhile, the Republic Day function at the district headquarters town Haflong was cut short with just hoisting of the tricolour as there was hardly any public present.

The day being a national holiday, all offices, educational institutions, banks, post offices, markets and other establishments remained closed.

But shops and markets were closed and vehicles were off the roads due to the bandh call, officials said.

On Thursday, various organisations in the district had called a 12-hour district bandh in protest against inclusion of Dima Hasao in Greater Nagalim as per a reported draft by RSS member Jagdamba Mall.

The protesters had blocked trains at Maibang station, broke windowpanes of a train, damaged properties at the station and removed tracks, a NF Railway spokesperson said.

To disperse the mob, police initially lathi-charged and then fired in the air.

Officials claimed that police had to open fire as the mob was unrelenting and continued their violence by damaging vehicles of the deputy commissioner’s cavalcade.

Later on, the district administration clamped indefinite curfew in Maibang area.

First Published: Jan 26, 2018 15:58 IST